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Insiders and sources are talking (anonymously, of course),a nd you know damn well that T.H. Gossip is there when that happens… especially when peeps are talking about Tom Cruise.

The word on the street is that Paramount, which recently fired its golden boy Cruise for his alleged insanity, is gunning for Brad Pitt to take over for Tom in the next installment of the Mission: Impossible dynasty.

At least, that’s what various reports say that various other reports in London’s Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Bipolar Times (which covers Cruise’s career) are saying.

Tom Cruise in 2015
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Brad apparently would not play Tom’s Ethan Hunt character.

“They’re set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists,” the Daily Mail quotes an anonymous insider as saying.

Ethan would be retired off to some sunny isle with his new wife, leaving Shiloh‘s pop to fight bad guys and pull off some stunts so crazy, you’d swear they were… impossible? Anyway, Paramount is reportedly being real gutsy by offering Brad $39 million for the flick.

We haven’t crunched the numbers, but that’s got to be more than enough for Brangelina to travel to Ghana or somewhere and adopt a host of new children. Or purchase Ghana.